Japanese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Stingray Sushi in Scottsdale Has Closed; New Location to Open in Chandler This Fall

    After a decade of success in Old Town Scottsdale, the original location of Stingray Sushi has closed its doors. The restaurant's lease is up, but owners say they're already looking for a new location in the area. The goal is to reopen a Scottsdale sushi outlet in 2015. In the meantime, there's ple ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Delux in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Delux 3146 East Camelback Road, Phoenix 602-522-2288 The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Monday - Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily, though the sushi kitchen closes at midnight Sunday - Thursday.

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    July 8, 2014

    Geisha A Go Go in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Geisha A Go Go 7150 East Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale 480-699-0055

  • Dining

    June 12, 2014
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    May 27, 2014

    PURE Sushi Bar in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: PURE Sushi Bar 20567 N. Hayden Road 480-355-0999 The Hours: Happy hour is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Mexican Sushi: A Trend We Hope Doesn't Stick

    Mexican sushi. That's one fusion we never thought would exist and one we're not too sure we want to stick around. Apparently it is a thing, since there are at least two spots in metro Phoenix that craft the rolls. Señor Sushi on Indian School and 43rd Avenue and Taco Kissi on Bethany Home are t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Sushi Ken vs. Posh: Chow Bella's Ultimate Battle of the Ramen

    Things are getting down to the wire for this ramen battle bracket. There have been some upsets, like Republic Ramen beating out fan favorite Umami, and there's also been a disqualification due to T.Spot closing shortly before it was set to battle against Posh's ramen. This week Posh will try to prov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Blue Crab Handroll at Yasu Sushi Bistro: Eat This Now

    It seems this tiny restaurant has fallen off the radar for many food lovers. But not for the local Paradise Valley/North Phoenix crowd. They still fill every table in the entire cozy dining room, even on random Tuesday nights, filling up on sushi and other Japanese specialties.

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    March 28, 2014

    Sushi Ken v. China Magic Noodle House: Chow Bella's Ultimate Battle of the Ramen

    We caused a few waves last week with the second matchup in our Ultimate Battle of the Dishes ramen bracket, during which Tempe's Republic Ramen came out ahead over new kid on the block, Umami. Eventually, Republic will be facing off against Hana Japanese Eatery, which beat out Clever Koi for a spot ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014
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    January 15, 2014

    Valley's First Ramen Food Truck Gets Ready to Hit the Streets

    To those lamenting the lack of decent ramen in the Valley, take note: Yatai Ramen. The Valley's newest food truck, its name meaning a Japanese street food cart, is getting ready to hit the streets in the next few weeks. And owner Mark Kondo says it's about time. "I love ramen, I'm fascinated by ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Buy One Bowl of Ramen and Get Another One Free This Weekend at Umami

    Get ready for scary driving conditions this weekend, because we all know how Phoenicians get when it rains. And if you haven't seen the forecast, there's going to be a lot of it this weekend. On the upside, you can look forward to a pretty sweet deal this weekend at Tempe's newest ramen shop, Umam ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013
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    August 2, 2013

    Fujiya Market in Tempe: What We Bought, What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over

    The Spot: Fujiya Market, Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    5 Things to Eat in Los Angeles

    The difference between the Los Angeles food scene and the Phoenix food scene is that in L.A., every restaurant is a scene. And that's fine by us. L.A. is the place where the American cupcake takeover began (Sprinkles Cupcakes), In-N-Out was founded, and juicing became an acceptable diet. No, these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Nobuo Fukuda on Binkley, Bianco, American-Style Sushi, and the Most Exciting Japanese Food in the U.S.

    This is part two of my interview with Nobuo Fukuda, chef-owner of Nobuo at Teeter House. If you missed part one, where Nobuo explained what he misses about Japan and the difference between an American and a Japanese chef, read it here. Favorite places to dine in Phoenix: Pho43, because, in my opini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Nobuo Fukuda on What He Misses About Japan and the Difference Between a Japanese and an American Chef

    Nobuo Fukuda Nobuo at Teeter House 622 East Adams Street, Phoenix 602-254-0600 See also: -- Tastemaker #59: Nobuo Fukuda -- 13 Favorite Cold Dishes in Metro Phoenix This is part one of my interview with Nobuo Fukuda, chef-owner of Nobuo at Teeter House in Heritage Square in do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Nobuo Fukuda Teaming Up with Roka Akor's Chef, German Sega, for One-Night Omakase Event

    Trusting diners who love grilled Japanese cuisine have a new event to look forward to this summer and that's the one-night event that will bring Chef Nobuo Fukuda to Scottsdale's Roka Akor to collaborate with its new executive chef, German Sega. See also: - Robatayaki Dinner at Roka Akor in Scott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Pallets in Downtown Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Pallets 1011 North Third Street 602-254-1168 See Also: - Roaring Fork in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card - The Most Popular Spirit in the World is Chinese Firewater Baijiu -- And It May Be Coming To The States - Hotel Palomar's One Year Anniversary Party in Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    New Conveyor Belt Sushi Spot Opens in Gilbert

    Since Chandler's Sushi Eye in Motion closed last fall, all's been quiet on the kaiten-zushi, or conveyor belt sushi, front -- at least until now. See also: - Postino Owners to Open Joyride Taco House in Gilbert in June - Hot Dogs & Pie: Mamma Toledo's to Open Space Inside New Short Leash Hot Dogs R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Ramen Rematch: Republic Ramen vs. Sushi Ken

    When you've had ramen done right, you just know. It's a shame it's even referred to by the same name as its Styrofoam cup counterpart. The base is always a flavorful, unique broth with an extra boost from added traditional Japanese veggies like seaweed (Japan's bay leaf) and kamaboko. All that's pou ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Nightmare Fuel: Ramen Ice Cream Is A Real Thing

    As Wake Up Call has frequently highlighted, the Japanese and Asia on the whole are fearless culinary travelers, nomnauts if you will. But even by the most generous of standards, miso ramen flavored ice cream is pretty strange and apparently not exactly delicious. See Also: --Wendy's Japan Presents ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    See, We Told You Rice Cakes Are Dangerous

    As was noted in a previous story, one of the most hazardous parts of the holiday season for Japanese are the days directly after New Years when pounded rice cakes known as mochi are consumed in great quantities. The Tokyo Fire Department is reported to have transported more than 17 people to the hos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Pork Belly and Chawanmushi for Bento Box Brunch at Nobuo at Teeter House

    Welcome to Brunched, where Chow Bella samples local restaurants' offerings for our favorite meal. Hey, you get to sleep in and eat breakfast -- what's not to like? See also: Clove-Scented Ham and Baked Pancakes at Wy-Knot Cafe See also: Frescas and Pozole at Distrito What: Nobuo at Teeter House Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Josh Hebert Makes Japanese Street Food for Late-Night Dining at Posh

    See also: Posh Chef Josh Hebert to Host Traditional Japanese Sake Dinner Josh Hebert, chef-owner of Posh Improvisational Cuisine knows more about Japanese street food than the average gaijin. After all, he's a chef (which means he pays attention), and he lived in Tokyo for a year, eating his way th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Lay Waste to the Forces of Hunger With the Sushi Bazooka

    See Also: We Welcome Our (Sushi) Robot Overlords See Also: Watch This: The Story of Sushi Making sushi is hard and time consuming. There's the monumental amount of prep work, the difficulty in making tender sushi rice, the actual hassle of rolling the sushi by hand. Professional sushi chefs use a " ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    AndyTalk: Sushi for Dessert

    Whether it's a feint by a quarterback, an improvised musical riff, or a magic trick, everyone appreciates a good fake-out -- especially when the end result is a success. The first time I served sushi for dessert I had a goal. Actually, I had two goals: First, make a great dessert and, second, make m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Round Two with Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery

    Lori Hashimoto Hana Japanese Eatery 5524 N. Seventh Avenue 602-973-1238 This is part two of my interview with Lori Hashimoto, co-owner and sushi chef at Hana Japanese Eatery. In case you missed it, part one ran yesterday. Favorite Metro Phoenix restaurants other than yo ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Hana's Lori Hashimoto Dishes on Brazilian Lobster, Magic Knives and Keeping It All in the Family

    Lori Hashimoto Hana Japanese Eatery 5542 N. Seventh Avenue 602-973-1238 This is part one of my interview with Lori Hashimoto, co-owner and sushi chef of Hana Japanese Eatery. Part two of the interview will run in this space tomorrow. To understand Lori Hashimoto, you m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Sushi Station at Desert Ridge Has Decent Sushi at a Great Price

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    We Welcome Our (Sushi) Robot Overlords

    First cupcake ATMs, now a small army of sushi making machines? If the retro "News of the World" style music doesn't get you then just wait until the 0:40 mark, whoever edited this video wasn't afraid to lay down some funky beats. The sushi making machines featured in this video are the products of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Nobuo Will Offer Omakase-Style Bento Brunch!

    Chef Nobuo Fukuda, the James Beard winning proprietor of Nobuo at Teeter House, is poised to serve what will probably be the classiest bento boxes the Valley has ever seen. An email sent last week promises a $50 Sunday brunch, starting April 15, featuring "Omakase-style bento boxes" and a compliment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Watch This: The Story of Sushi

    The Story of Sushi from Bamboo Sushi on Vimeo. Clear four minutes of your day and hit play on this amazing little video. The Story of Sushi tells a sad tale of the sushi industry and the future of our oceans if we continue on the same commercial fishing path. Created for Portland's Bamboo Sushi, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Top Five Japanese Restaurants in Phoenix

    Jamie PeacheyCherryblossom Noodle Cafe.​When many people think about Japanese food they immediately snap their fingers and say, "Oh! You mean like sushi?" They are not wrong of course, but Japanese culinary traditions stretch far beyond raw fish on rice. Luckily for us the Valley is home to so ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 1, 2011
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    November 29, 2011

    Nobuo Chef Fukuda Joins Chef Jason Alford for Omakase Experience at Roka Akor

    Fans of omakase, the expression used at sushi restaurants to leave the menu to the chef, have an opportunity to treat themselves to an early holiday gift thanks to a unique event at Roka Akor in Scottsdale. On Monday, December 12, Roka Akor will bring together chef Nobuo Fukuda, James Beard Award-w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Lunch for $10 at Nobuo at Teeter House

    Courtesy of Justin Eats​A common misconception seems to be that delcious -- as in, James Beard-award winning delicious -- food will never  be reasonably priced. Not true, and we've got proof! For this week's $10 lunch, we enjoyed the charming digs of the Teeter House at Heritage S ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Lunch for $10 at Republic Ramen and Noodle Bar

    Lauren Saria​Ramen (when it doesn't come in noodle-brick form out of a package from the grocery store) is a Japanese dish made of wheat noodles served in a flavored broth. The dish has been a part of both Chinese and Japanese cultures for decades and thanks to Nissin Foods, in the early 60s it mad ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Sapporo Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith Sapporo's Cocunut Water Martini and Passion-Mango Martini induce a high that's worth their high price.​The Spot: Sapporo, 14344 N. Scottsdale Rd., North Scottsdale, 480-607-1114www.sapporoscottsdale.comThe Hours: 11 a.m. - close, Monday through Friday, and 3 p.m. - close, Satur ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Now Open: Kokoro Sushi & Noodle Bar

    ​Hooray -- a quick and casual place to get sushi downtown! Kokoro Sushi & Noodle Bar opened last week in the Arizona Center, two doors down form the trendy Brick Pizza and just east of the movie theater.    The cozy space is casual with high top tables and a little sushi bar ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Roka Akor: Happy Hour Report Card

    House infused Shochu with hand cut ice cubes are half priced during Happy Hour at Roka Akor.​The Spot: Roka Akor, 7299 N. Scottsdale, Rd., Scottsdale, 480-306-8800 The Hours: 5-7pm, daily. The Details: Happy Hour pricing is available in the lounge and bar areas onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    The Dragon Roll from Stingray Sushi

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 82: Th ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Now Open: ShinBay

    ​Sushi lovers rejoice, Scottsdale has a brand new sushi joint open just in time for summer. Shinji Kurita, sushi chef and former owner of the now-closed Awhatukee sushi spot, ShinBay, quietly opened the doors of his latest project last Wednesday. Once again named ShinBay, the traditional-styl ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Sushi 102: Roll a Fat One with The Virgin

    ​After last week's tragic experiment with burning cooking sushi rice, The Virgin was tempted to give up on the whole sushi making experience. But armed with a few helpful tips, I mastered the rice technique and moved on to the main event. If you're looking to feed picky eaters or ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Sushi 101: The Virgin Gets Burned by Sticky Rice

    Uh-oh. That is not soy sauce.​Most American restaurant foods are easy to replicate at home: grilled cheese, burgers, the classic BLT. Japanese and hybrid-Asian foods are another matter. It might seem simple to toss together some rice, crab, seaweed and avocado to make a basic Californi ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Salmon Skin Roll: Shimogamo Japanese Restaurant

    Flickr- Island Vittles A mound of crispy, fried salmon skin that would put bacon to shame.​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those t ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Lunch $10 and Under at Teharu Sushi

    Roe, roe, roe your boat...​Teharu isn't just a sushi bar -- it's an experience. There are few other places in the Valley where you can score five plates of food for under a ten-spot, but that's exactly what we did at Teharu. On our visit the place was packed, and the vibe was decidedly ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Ikura Nigiri: Fish Eggs from Kanpai Sushi

    Erica O'Neil A jewel-tone duo of fish eggs, ikura nigiri from Kanpai Sushi.​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles th ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Chef Shinji Kurita Planning to Reopen Shinbay in Scottsdale

    ​Fans of Japanese cuisine will surely take heart at the comeback of a local luminary: Chef Shinji Kurita is working on reopening Shinbay, this time in Scottsdale. Since it closed five years ago, Kurita's original Ahwatukee location of Shinbay has become the stuff of legends for its exquisite ... More >>

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